In light of Kevin de Bruyne's keenness to sign for Borussia Dortmund, can Chelsea make it work in their favour?
Kevin de Bruyne is not a player Chelsea want to lose, for the exciting winger has not even been given an opportunity to show what he can do in front of the fans at Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea have been playing the 'long game' with him similar to Thibaut Courtois, and intended on loaning him to Bayer Leverkusen as part of a deal for Andre Schurrle.
That was until it was announced on Monday by Bild that De Bruyne had agreed a five-year deal with Borussia Dortmund, if Chelsea would agree with it, threatening to scupper the Schurrle deal in the process.
As we have suggested, Chelsea offering Marko Marin permanently to Leverkusen instead of De Bruyne on loan should be able to sway Leverkusen, but that still leaves the thorny issue of De Bruyne to resolve.
But instead of a problem, he could just have presented an opportunity, even if it means letting go of him altogether.
For De Bruyne could just be Chelsea's ace in the pack in their efforts to sign Robert Lewandowski from Dortmund, a striker who would solve their forward line issues.
The Pole struck an incredible four goals in one match in the Champions League semi-finals against Real Madrid, and takes on Bayern next week at Wembley.
He has one year left on his contract and is thought to be available for around £25 million, roughly half a Falcao.
Considering his younger age, and level he is currently performing at, Lewandowski may just be better value than the Monaco-bound Colombian, and Chelsea may just get some money off that deal by throwing De Bruyne into the mix.
It would be a real shame for Chelsea to lose De Bruyne, but if it were necessary to see them sign Robert Lewandowski, it may just be needs must.
Chelsea fans, would you happily sell De Bruyne if it meant signing Lewandowski?
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